Woman killed by alligator while walking dog in South Carolina

American Alligator basking on the side of a pond on a golf course in Florida. (Getty Images)

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Authorities in South Carolina say an alligator attacked a woman who was walking her dog, pulling her underwater in a lagoon and killing her.

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that the attack happened around 9:30 a.m. Monday at the Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island.

Witnesses say the woman was pulled under the surface of the water by an alligator thought to be about 8 feet (2.5 meters) long.

Beaufort County Coroner Edward Allen scheduled an autopsy at the Medical University of South Carolina.

The woman’s dog did not appear to have been hurt, the sheriff’s department said.

The sheriff’s department, state Department of Natural Resources, and resort security personnel are looking for the alligator.

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